The University's Data Network is constantly evolving. OIT oversees the network and makes sure it operates at its fullest potential. We also look ahead and plan for future expandability of the network, to ensure that the University community has access to best resources available.
In this section contains information on current projects being performed by OIT concerning the Data Network.
As the University of Minnesota and OIT prepare for our network upgrade, OIT will be evaluating network port utilization in all buildings. This will provide us information on the appropriate level of network ports to deploy in the Next Generation Network (NGN).
Worldwide the supply of IP addresses using the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) has effectively reached exhaustion. The University has allocated 98% of our IPv4 addresses and it is very difficult to acquire additional addresses. Because of this, OIT is optimizing our existing IP space by cleaning up unused addresses and sizing network Work Group appropriately. We are working with MID owners to identify Work Groups which have underutilized addresses in them. At the same time, the University network is IPv6 ready and we encourage application owners to utilize the new space.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) currently offers firewall services to departments. Firewall services will be changing as part of the overall network upgrade.
Gopher Science Network (GSN)
Currently in design and procurement stage, this NSF funded project will provide University researchers access to a faster network connection for bulk data transfers, both on and off campus. This will be a limited access network for research purposes and will have a governing body which will determine where this is available.